When we first create this website, our main goal was to provide a way to listen to Video Game Music that had no official release. We achieve this by extracting the audio files from the video game itself - decoding if necessary - we then edit the tracks to apply: fade-in, fade-out, equalization, noise reduction and run repairs if necessary(while keeping compression to an absolute minimum). Next we properly arrange the music tracks in their chronological order, add proper titles, release date, album art, composer, arranger and vocalist. Giving the album a professional look and sound. After that, we upload the album to our website for others to enjoy while giving full credit to their creators; who deserve more recognition for the music they write. We also receive e-mails from music teachers thanking us for making it easier to find unavailable albums to provide to their students, knowing that brings us great joy.
Which brings me to the next step we took in our website's development, providing links of where to purchase albums that are available online. We were surprised by how difficult it can be to find certain albums during a web search, whether it be Google, Bing or Yahoo! One way or another, they would only bring up these albums if specific keywords were used. For instance, Original Game Score instead of Original Soundtrack or Original Sound Version after the game's title. Granted, most of the popular Video Game Soundtracks are revealed during an online search but this prompted us to provide a gateway through our website for those searching for the Video Game Music they wish to purchase.
In 2014, we created our own Video Game Music Awards titled Original Game Score of the Year. We choose five nominees released throughout the year and highlight at least five tracks from the chosen nominee alongside gameplay video we record from the game the music was written for. We then place an overlay consisting of the composer, arranger, track title and game title. From 2014 - 2016 we offered only our overall Original Game Score of the Year Award but beginning in 2017 we introduced three additional categories: Vocal Track of the Year, Rock Track of the Year and Electronic Track of the Year. We didn't stop there. In 2018 we added two more categories: Orchestral Track of the Year and Instrumental Track of the Year. The driving point behind adding more music categories is to draw attention to tracks from lesser known titles that could be overshadowed by more popular releases. We review a plethora of video game soundtracks during the course of the year and unfortunately, there is talent that is overlooked. We hope to do the best we can to give both the writers and performers of the video game music world the recognition they truly deserve. We carefully pay attention to the release dates of games and soundtracks to make sure that no musical score is passed by, whether it be an indie or AAA title. That being said, dates change and it makes it difficult to track every release. So if you would like to submit your composition to us to review for our annual awards, it would be a great help considering that monitoring every release from Nintendo, PSN, Xbox to Steam it becomes difficult to track every album.
If there is an album you want to listen to but can't quite find, feel free to browse our growing library of albums and we'll direct you to a retailer where you can purchase it. If the music is not available to purchase, make a request to us in the Forums section and we'll do our best to upload the music if we do not currently offer it to download. Also note, that we will not post downloadable links to Video Game Scores that are available for purchase online—we get a fair amount of requests for this so I wanted to mention it. Video Game Artists deserve to be compensated for their talented work and joy they've brought to us all; so we will only upload scores that have no official release, are currently out-of-print, or if a composer allows us to upload songs that they list as a download on a personal website. Over time, an album we offer as a download may be re-released or released for the first time and if that's the case, please send us an e-mail and we will remove the downloadable links to the album and will provide a link to the distributor(s) for others to purchase. We make no profit on this website and wish in no way, to undercut anyone's hard work.
If you happen to find errors in our listings for composers, release dates, track titles, ect. Please let us know, we'll research to make sure it's correct and edit the current listings. We're very thorough in our process but everyone makes a typing error every now and again. For preservation's sake it would be ideal to have everything correct. With your help, I'm sure we can make that happen.
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